Intervention (Television program). [No. 1, 2005-03-06], Alyson and Tommy

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Created: 2005


Intervention (Television program). [No. 1, 2005-03-06], Alyson and Tommy
Summary: "An intervention is a caring, deliberate, and well-conceived event, through which people who care express their concern. It is a safe and intentional opportunity for them to reflect back to their loved one the ramifications of his or her behavior on themselves and others, and to present a plan to change and get help in ways that will address the causes and alleviate the suffering of all involved. With the skilled assistance of an interventionist, the experience creates the opportunity to interrupt destructive patterns of living or deal constructively with a crisis situation.

'The documentary series INTERVENTION profiles people who are losing the battle with their addictions, and whose friends and families feel the only remaining option is to hold an intervention.

'Each documentary follows the lives of these addicts, taking an unflinching look at the impact of their addictions on their everyday lives, all the while the addicts are unaware that an intervention is being planned.

'Each airing ends with the friends, family and a professional interventionist urging the addict to get treatment. If the individual should choose treatment, the addict immediately enters a widely respected treatment facility."--2005 Peabody Awards entry form

This is episode 01, "Alyson and Tommy." "Alyson, a three-time White House intern and an award-winning student, met a boy in college who initiated her into drugs. She is addicted to morphine and crack and has returned to live with her parents. Alyson now steals painkillers from her dying father and works at alienating her mother and sister. A 38-year-old former stockbroker, Tommy is addicted to cocaine. He's quit his job, drained his retirement account and sold his luxury condo to sustain his habit, ending up on the street. Both Alyson and Tommy are confronted by their friends, families and professional interventionists, and urged to get help."--episode description from A&E Network web site for the series ('episode=121650) accessed 2007-07-29.

Corporate Producers: Arts and Entertainment Network | GRB

Broadcast Date: 2005